Review: Making a Shaker Card with the Fuse Tool


Hi everybody,

in my last post I promised a review for the fuse tool and the Minc toner ink pen. Today I will tell you more about the fuse tool. I bought the Project Life version at Michael’s with a 50% coupon, but from what I understand it’s exactly the same as the one from We R Memory Keepers.

Here the two cards I made so far:
1st Fuse Tool card
2nd Fuse Tool card

How to operate the Fuse Tool

The Fuse Tool just needs power and a little time to heat up. As soon as the tip is hot enough you can run it over acetate or any other kind of foil that is not heat resistant and melt two parts together. Here are a few tips:

  1. Let it sit for a while. It takes some time to heat up. If you are not sure, take a test piece and try to melt the foil. I ruined two pockets, because I wasn’t patient enough πŸ˜‰
  2. Run it slowly and with a little pressure over the foil and try to be as upright and straight as possible. As soon as I had a little angle to the left or right, the tip wouldn’t rotate anymore and got stuck (and ruined another pocket πŸ˜‰ ).

What did I do wrong with card one?

The bird crazy card was the first I made. After I was finished my disappointment was huge, the shaker card didn’t shake. But what did I do wrong?

  1. I used too many sequins. I filled the pocket with as many sequins as I would fill a regular shaker card with two layers of foam tape (or one layer of fun foam). The sequins now didn’t have a whole lot room to move.Fuse Tool Less Sequins
  2. I didn’t use something to create space between the front and back panel. I adhered the fuse pocket directly to the front and back panel and everything was very tight. On the second card I used one layer of foam tape and the sequins now move way better.Fuse Tool with Foam Tape

Card One

Besides the Crazy Bird stamp set, I used the worms from Lawn Fawn’s Bugs and Kisses. I stamped the worm several times, colored it in with Copic markers and put some of them into the shaker part. The background is colored with Mermaid Lagoon Distress ink, the sun with Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber. The sequins I used here are from Doodlebug in the color Swimming Pool.

Card Two

The second card is highlighting MFT’s Trim the Tree set (which I really like!). I used the tree, stamped it onto the front panel with Lawn Fawn’s Noble Fir, and ran it through my Scan’n’Cut to carefully cut out the tree. Than I stamped the presents using Lawn Fawn’s Lobster and Wild Rose, and MFT’s Poppy. I added the sentiment underneath the tree, again using Noble Fir. Now I prepared the shaker pocket. The sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh (Marshmallow, Cranberry, and Silver Stars in 4 or 6 mm, can’t remember). I adhered the shaker pocket directly to the front panel, added one layer of foam tape and pressed it onto the card base where the Christmas tree already was put in place. Now I added the presents to the front, popping them up with some more foam tape.
Christmas Tree closeup

Would I buy the Fuse Tool again?

Honestly, I don’t know. I resisted quite some time and thought this tool might help me to have a smaller mess with stuck sequins. And that definitely is a big improvement! Because the sequins are inside their pocket, they can’t stick to the foam tape anymore, but you still need that to give them room to move. At least I don’t need the powder tool anymore to remove the stickiness from the foam tape. I always had some rest of the powder on my acetate…

The question is, which struggle do you prefer? Foam tape and stuck sequins or waiting till the Fuse Tool is hot and trying to not mess up the shaker pocket πŸ™‚

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